Turner Model 1 Turner Model 1If you know Fleetwood Mac you have heard the incredible sound this guitar has and the crisp tone it produces. Since creating this beautiful work of art over 30 years ago for Lindsey Buckingham, the Turner Model 1 guitar has been at the forefront of playability tone and charm delivering an Old World aesthetic and modern, full-bodied tonal range. John Mayer is also an fan of the Turner Model 1 with its sophisticated electronics and overdrive harmonics.

Exploring the Model-1 Sound by Rick Turner

First, switch the EQ out. Then adjust the tone control all the way up and then blend back and forth between the magnetic and piezo pickups. This is very different from the usual Les Paul or Strat pickup selection, and acts more like a zoom lens on a camera ranging from the more mid focused sound of the magnetic pickup to the more acoustic and wide range piezo pickup, which actually has more deep lows as well as more extended highs. When you are in the “just magnetic pickup” position on the blend knob, try pulling up on the tone knob to access the single coil sound. That is a sound more akin to the middle pickup on a Strat.

When you’ve learned your way around without the EQ, find a tone you like and then kick in the EQ with the Boost/Cut knob turned about 1/2 of the way up from the middle detent position. This would put the knob line at the 9:00 position relative to the detent being 6:00. Then sweep the middle frequency knob to hear how the boost affects tone at different registers. For the full out sound, crank the EQ boost all the way up and repeat the frequency sweep. If you are playing into a tube amp or distortion unit, you can use the EQ to voice overdrive harmonics. Lesser boost is great for finding nice tones into a clean amp as well. While most folks don’t use the “Cut” feature of the EQ, that, too, has some very nice uses.